Benzibar

My name is Ben and I'm an alcoholic. Oh, wrong website? Seriously, I love wine. And more importantly, I like trying wines from all over the world. I'm not a "one region" kind of guy - for me the variety is the enjoyment. Oh, and one day I'll be an MW :)

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  • Apr 12, 2010 at 2:50pm
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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Apr 12, 2010 at 2:50pm
    At 0.5% alcohol and a grand total of 50 calories per large glass this is a wine that could, if it lived up to Torres's claims, start a drinking revolution. It's for exactly this reason that I approached today's wine tasting duty (to all my fellow Snoothers, of course) with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Pouring it into the glass, it was a lovely bright but pale gold. Very fragrant on the nose with clear aromas of peach and elderflower and undertones of citrus. On the palate it's very slightly off-dry with a lovely crisp acidity and a medium body. There's a very clear taste of green apple which leaves a refreshing sourness in the mouth after you swallow. To be honest, it IS missing something in the balance which is clearly caused by the absent alcohol. Having said that, it doesn't lose too much because of this. It's still a refreshingly crisp muscat which I'm convinced will find a niche at your average summer BBQ. If I'm driving, this will certainly be my first choice. It's head and shoulders above the other options on the market - it tastes of wine, for a start! STOP PRESS! We've just polished off the bottle, and I'm still sober. Forget about it...

  • Apr 9, 2010 at 5:14am
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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Apr 9, 2010 at 4:12am
    Went down to meet some friends for a "couple" after work in Canary Wharf last night to find a bottle of this on the table. Having had previous experience of my colleagues' taste in plonk I was, frankly, terrified. What a pleasant surprise when I had when I poured myself a glass. It was a lovely bright red, with aromas of red berries, cherry and light spice underlined by notes of tobacco and a hint of leather. Lovely acidity and a big splash of fruit on the tongue. Great stuff for drinking outside on a sunny evening, but beware! This wine shows the deadly combination of easy drinking with a dangerous alcohol level of 14%! Needless to say I am sat at my desk nursing my head this morning. I will, however, be ordering a half case of this wine shortly.

  • Apr 5, 2010 at 3:40pm
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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Apr 5, 2010 at 3:39pm
    Bordeaux Superieur recommended to me by Monsieur Degas. Claims to have achieved a reputation "beyond it's appellation". Strong words, but let's see! Deep ruby colour with typical blackcurrant on the nose and some brambliness (blackcurrant leaf perhaps). No surprises from a 95% merlot then! Also something else I'm struggling to put my finger on - slighty piney maybe. More black fruit on the palate with a gentle acidity and moderate tannins. Decent finish. Individually the aspects don't seem to suggest a great wine, but it's a drop that equals more than the sum of it's component parts. I'm also not sure I got the best of the crate with this bottle, so expect to see an update here soon!

  • Apr 5, 2010 at 3:06pm

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Apr 5, 2010 at 3:06pm
    Cheeky little Nero d'Avola from the Suor Marchesa estate run by Duca di Salaparuta in Sicily. Most of the grapes are grown around the town of Baruta in the South Central area. A lovely ruby red colour which matches the red fruit on the nose - raspberry and redcurrant - and notes of vanilla and sultana suggest promising future development. Modest tannins and body with a refreshing bitterness, but could do with a touch more acidity to balance it out. Lots of flavour on the palate with more red fruit and a lovely wallowing finish. Very promising wine, but not sure that it's got the acidity and tannins needed to develop much further (although the nose seems to contradict this). I'd be interested to taste this vintage again in 2-3 years. Otherwise a cracking example of the ongoing improvements in Sicilian wines.

  • Apr 4, 2010 at 7:52am

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Apr 4, 2010 at 7:49am
    2nd wine of Chateau Labégorce-Zédé in Margaux. Demolished 3 bottles of this with my parents over dinner last night. Very well balanced wine, nice underlying acidity and lots of red and black fruit on the nose and palate, with a nudge of leather and bitter chocolate to give it some complexity. Good finish and to top it all, I don't have a hangover this morning. Could do with a couple more years in the bottle to soften the tannins further.

  • Mar 28, 2010 at 4:38pm
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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Mar 28, 2010 at 4:38pm
    Sweet golden nectar! Big bold nose with figs, prunes and black treacle. Also some spice that I can't nail down (cloves?). Wonderful weight on the tongue. Lot's of honey, well balanced with generous acidity. Very satisfying finish. Yum yum.

  • Mar 28, 2010 at 2:32pm

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Mar 28, 2010 at 2:32pm
    Typical wine from the Rioja Baja region. Soft tannins and red fruit of the tempranillo matched against the alcoholic punch and fuller body of the garnacha. Plums and raspberries on the nose and palate. Good acidity, but not very well balanced against the flavour, which lacks intensity and complexity. Nice finish though.

  • Mar 25, 2010 at 4:58pm

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Mar 25, 2010 at 4:58pm
    Very pale lemon in the glass. Clean and youthful on the nose, with citrus (lime) and a bit of apple. Bracing acidity, but unfortunately not balanced out with enough flavour. Citrus and green fruit again on the palate, with some minerality. Decent finish. Acceptable to good. Overpriced by a couple of quid.

  • Feb 16, 2010 at 3:52pm

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Feb 16, 2010 at 3:50pm
    A beautifully clear, bright and golden glass of wine. Very clean on the nose with aromas of lemon, shortbread and some light spice. On the palate it's dry with medium acidity. A lovely taste which is hard to tie down - something like gooseberry but also bready and biscuity, with a rich body that feels creamy on the tongue. Good finish. Very good wine.

  • Feb 15, 2010 at 3:07pm

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    Benzibar's Review:
    Added Feb 15, 2010 at 3:07pm
    I bought 2 bottles of this over 2 years ago, at which time I cracked one open. I remember it being a delightful wine, full of spicy fruit and gamey flavours, so I was looking forward to opening the second one. The colour had definitely changed. From a deep purple it has matured into deep garnet with a brick rim. On the nose there are notes of dried fruits, particularly raisin and fig, and some blackcurrant and cherry. There is also the faint whiff of violets and some woodsmoke. On the palate it shows a low acidity and light flavours, most notable is blackcurrant, followed by a long (if rather steely) finish. A good wine, but a shadow of it's former self. Probably past it's best now.

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